LIMA — With Allen County Memorial Hall no longer in operation, a variety of memorabilia from the veterans agencies that comprise the Allen County Veterans Council had no place to be displayed. That will soon change, thanks to a donation from a local car dealership.
Allan Nott Honda and Toyota recently donated $13,000 to the Veterans Council, money that was used to purchase an 11.5-foot by 7-foot display case now assembled and standing at the Veterans Council office on Lima’s North Elizabeth Street.
“We wanted to have a place to display some of our memorabilia that all our groups have from Memorial Hall,” Veterans Council chairman Steve Montgomery said. “So we came up with this proposal and tried for about a year and a half to raise some money. Then, through a surprising gift from Allan Nott back in June, we ordered this case.”
Along with having its own portion of the case for its display, each veterans agency, including the Korean War Veterans Association, Vietnam Veterans of America, Blue Star Mothers, the Marine Corps League, Disabled American Veterans, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Navy Club, received $600 out of the donation, with the Veterans Food Pantry receiving $1,200.
“It has enabled every one of the groups to do a little more than they normally can for veterans,” Montgomery said. “I know one group has already purchased some books for children. It gives us more flexibility by having a little more money in our treasuries.”
Once the case begins to be filled next week, the memorabilia will be available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Veterans Council office inside the Crime Victim Services building, 330 N. Elizabeth St.
Reach Craig Kelly at 567-242-0390 or on Twitter @Lima_CKelly.